As the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine begins to be administered to CCMH employees, many Denison and Crawford County residents have called wondering when the vaccine will be available to the general public. Others have called expressing reservations about the vaccine and potential side effects.
To date, 110 CCMH employees with close contact to COVID-19 patients have received the vaccine. A few employees have reported mild side effects (sore arm, “dull” headache, chills, fatigue). The Moderna vaccine shows it is safe to be administered not just to medical providers but to the general public as well.
To help allay fears about the Moderna vaccine, please see below a short list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine?
The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is a vaccine designed to prevent COVID-19. This vaccine has been given emergency use authorization by the FDA to help prevent COVID-19 in individuals 18 years of age and older. The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is administered as a 2-dose series, 28 days apart, into the deltoid muscle (upper arm).
Will the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine give me COVID-19?
NO! The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine does not contain SARS-CoV-2 and cannot give you COVID-19.
What are the benefits of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine?
In an ongoing clinical trial, the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine has been shown to prevent COVID-19. However, the duration of protection against COVID-19 is currently unknown.
What should you mention to your vaccination provider before you get the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine?
Tell your vaccination provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
have any allergies
have a fever
have a bleeding disorder or are on a blood thinner
are immunocompromised or are on a medicine that affects your immune system
are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
have received another COVID-19 vaccine
What are the Risks of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine?
Side effects that have been reported with Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine include:
Injection site reactions: pain, tenderness and swelling of lymph nodes in the same arm of the injection, swelling (hardness), and redness.
General side effects: fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea and vomiting, and fever
There is a remote chance that the Modern COVID-19 Vaccine could cause a severe allergic reaction. A severe allergic reaction would usually occur within a few minutes to one hour after getting a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. For this reason, your vaccination provider may ask you to stay at the place where you received your vaccine for monitoring after vaccination.
When will the vaccine be available to the general public?
The number of people who will be able to receive the vaccine depends on the number of doses available in each state. As of today, there is not enough vaccine available to be able to inoculate everyone who would like to receive the vaccine.
According to the plan prepared and implemented by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Governor of each state is responsible for rolling out the vaccine to its citizens. In Iowa, Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Public Health have designated all health care personnel and nursing home residents as the first to receive the vaccine. The Iowa Disease Advisory Council (IDAC) is currently reviewing the Advisory Council on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for the next phases of the vaccine to eligible populations. Previous information has indicated the next group to receive the vaccine will be adults 75 years of age and older and essential workers. Essential workers will include education, law enforcement, firefighters, factory workers, and others.
According to the CDC, it could take several months to have enough vaccine available in Iowa for everyone who would like to receive it.
Until the vaccine is widely available to all, it is critical that Iowans continue to practice the mitigation measures that can slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Wearing a mask or face covering
Practice social distancing with those outside your household
Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
Stay home if you feel sick
For information and updates related to COVID-19, visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website, and follow IDPH on Facebook (@IowaDepartmentofPublicHealth) and Twitter (@IAPublicHealth).